Here’s how one Washington district has made coding a priority, even during the pandemic shutdown

5 reasons to set up a coding program in your district

Here’s how one Washington district has made coding a priority, even during the pandemic shutdown

2. Teachers needn’t be “techies.” With our online coding platform, you don’t have to be a computer science teacher to be able to teach kids how to code. A lot of our coaches are elementary school teachers who jumped into the platform with ease. As someone who supports teachers on technology—including complex subjects like CAD robotics—having a platform that allows instructors at all levels to jump in, even if they don’t know much about coding, is extremely beneficial.

3. Students love it. The gamification of learning is a great way to teach technical topics that some students would naturally shy away from. Our students cannot wait to show up, start programming, and start solving problems. It’s work, but because it’s fun, it just doesn’t feel like work to them.    

4. Remote isn’t a problem. Coding and building robots can happen in the virtual world just as easily as it takes place in a physical classroom. So even though we can’t always meet in person, CoderZ lets our students continue to learn while we maintain the programming curriculum, all while promoting virtual collaboration and teamwork among our students. It’s definitely a win-win.

5. It gets girls involved with STEM. Offering a robotics curriculum helps us introduce STEM and computer technology early. Right now, for example, we have two teams at each one of our 19 elementary schools. We know through many studies that girls in particular don’t access STEM activities, and they quickly pivot away from them because they don’t recognize the career opportunity. Right now, at the elementary level, our teams are made up of 50 percent girls, if not more.

Our robotics program keeps growing every year as we welcome new students to the club. We’ve expanded to both a fall and spring league, which gives the kids more time to program, code the robots, and gain valuable experience. We’re reaching more of our students and continuing to use tools like CoderZ to enhance our students’ coding and robotics experience.

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